’47 Ronin’ Starring Keanu Reeves Delayed Until Christmas 2013

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of “47 Ronin” since Keanu Reeves was first attached to the project in late 2008, and now it looks like we’re going to have to wait a bit longer.

Universal Pictures has announced a few changes in its release date line-up, as reported by Deadline. The new schedule will bump “47 Ronin” all the way back to Christmas Day 2013, where it will face off against Ben Stiller’s remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” “47 Ronin” was originally scheduled to be released in November, but was moved back to February for reshoots. It seems like they’re taking longer than the studio expected, or there’s some other factor at play that’s causing the lengthy delay of the film.

“47 Ronin” has been something of a passion project for Reeves, who signed on back in December 2008. The film nabbed director Carl Rinsch nearly a year later, opting to helm this project over the rumored “Alien 5.” The script was written by Chris Morgan, the same man who penned “Fast Five.” Back in 2009, he described the samurai film as similar to “300” and “Gladiator.”

“I call it a story of revenge and impossible love,” Reeves told MTV News last year. “The samurai become outcast and decide to enact revenge on the person who is responsible for the death of their lord.”

He continued, “During this journey and revenge, things change.”

Among the many reasons we’re excited for this project, Reeves has said there’s a swordfight between him and Hiroyuki Sanada, the esteemed Japanese actor of “Sunshine” and “The Last Samurai” fame. Hopefully that isn’t one of the scenes that needs to be reshot, because the way Reeves described it made it sound freaking awesome.

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